Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Delusions of Grandeur

Sail Date: April 24, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Our adult sons had been to Europe recently and insisted this was the time to go while we were still physically able to enjoy all of the sites and sights. The itinerary looked appealing ( and it was FANTASTIC!) and they had never cruised. We have cruised a few times on Norwegian and remembered our first Free Style cruise and loved it. Disappointments - 1. Room - we had a balcony and layout is "nested" with next room so there is a wider and narrower portion and we always felt congested. Loved the balcony and storage/hated the toilet and shower right inside the door. Sons had inside room across hall. It was ok but they mentioned when they knocked on the door that someone had reversed our "peephole" so it was a telescope into the room. 2. Bar- had all inclusive package but it wasn't applicable in The Bistro and Garden Café. Paid for 4 drinks and tips - $54 excessive "extra" that wasn't necessary - way under our 15 "drink" per day limit (includes pop-virgin cocktails). Bar staff was terrible on every deck. Maybe it was their awareness that the tip was prepaid, but hard to find service and long waits, understaffed. 3. With the exception of Priscillia Queen of the Desert rest of entertainment was blah. Bravo to the specialty restaurants (great service and delicious food), large supply of deck chairs, variety at Garden Buffet, fluid embarking and disembarking. Best way to see a large part of Europe in a week. Loved every port and even reasonable ship tours at Cannes (to Monaco) and Marseille/Avignon. Will most likely do it again in coming years.

Cabin / Stateroom
congested but great storage space. Tiny balcony but we really didn't spend much time on it except day at sea.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Dream itinerary for a week
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Le Bistro, La Cucina and Teppanyaki rave reviews
Barcelona, Spain
Mont Juic 3 hours the morning before boarding if you re in town early. La Boqueria off Les Rambles. Montserrat or Park Guell if you have more time.
Naples, Italy
Pompei /Amalfi coast
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
too little time to do everything. Get a Skip the line guided tour to save time and money - Viator is an alternative
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Best pizza in Pisa is at Quarto D'Ora Italiano Train ride from Livorno - full day and back to ship.
Cannes, France
Nice to Monte Carlo jawdropping
Marseille (Provence), France
Avignon was an unexpected surprise


Secluded sun bathing by basketball/soccer court. After getting onboard from a port walked up to floor 5 to take elevator up if there are hoards of people waiting for the elevator. Every bar has a slightly varied drink menu, so try more than a couple for some tasty surprises.

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